The primary purpose of a business headshot is to show to potential clients and associates that you are professional, reliable, trustworthy, and approachable. Looking approachable yet confident in a headshot all starts with what you decide to wear. If you wear clothing you do not feel comfortable in, it will show in your expression.
Clothing is the most important factor in your headshot, but it is definitely not the focus. When you wear proper clothing, it allows your face to command attention in the portrait and the clothing itself becomes secondary. As in life, wearing the wrong clothing takes center stage and takes attention from where you want it – on you, or in this case, on your face.
A good headshot makes the best first impression. If you are starting a new job, a new business venture, or a new role within your company, then it is time to update your business headshot. As a business professional, having an up-to-date headshot is a necessity.
Is A Professional Headshot Really Important?
As society has become more and more dependent on the internet for information, the use of images has become more important. Regardless of the need, most people turn to their cell phone or computer for the solution.
We have all heard the old adage that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and it remains true. But what has changed is where these first impressions are made. A professional headshot (executive headshot, business headshot, business portrait, etc) is the easiest and quickest way to make a great first impression with your audience. Your target market tends to buy from people or businesses they identify with. Nowadays, it is easy to build familiarity and rapport in the minds of your consumers before you ever meet them.
Google and other search engines have become the tools of choice for potential customers and prospective employers. An up to date and flattering, perhaps even creative, headshot is essential to putting your best face forward and creating a positive and confidence building first impression. You have probably noticed that Google posts people’s photos alongside their search rankings. One study concludes that an image in your search results increases click throughs by 150 percent. Thus the advantages to one’s personal branding by having a professional headshot attached to each of one’s social media pages are obvious. So once you have a professional headshot that you love, make sure you utilize it in all of your marketing channels. Continue reading